Ever since I was a little kid I've been a human radiator. I used to get out of school easily because it was simple to get my normally 98.9 - 99.1 body temp up enough for the school nurse to call my parents (until my mother caught on, hahaha.)
Now fast forward, I'm 26, I rarely ever use a blanket, even in the winter, im always taking off my winter coat/sweater with no issues and I become faint and overheated easily in the summer. I don't sweat excessively unless I'm exercising but I do find I am much thirstier than my husband. This has been compounded since I went vlc paleo and started breastfeeding. I am overweight by almost 60 pounds but I had this issue at a healthy weight too. I haven't taken my basal in a while but I'm willing to bet its on the high side of normal, just as it's always been my whole life.
The odd thing is, last night I had some potatoes as a treat since we had company over and I felt warmer than usual all night and this morning. I set the AC down to 70 and I'm still warm as hell and I had no PJs or a blanket on (sorry tmi.)
What's going on here? As a teenager I always joked that it was my Scandinavian heritage but is there something else weird going on here? Oh, I don't know if this is relevant but I've always had a voracious appetite and I crave salt too, though my potassium levels are fine. Could someone have hyperthyroidism and still have weight issues? My blood sugar is always perfect both fasting and non-fasting too
It wouldn't hurt to check out your thyroid, just to be sure you're not hyperthyroid. If you do so, def include the full panel - TSH, T3, T4, TPO at a minimum. Doctors rarely look at anything besides TSH, which misses a lot of conditions. If your thyroid is set too 'hot' it might not be a 'problem' but knowing that would give you good info for future protection - minimize iodine perhaps. And testing gives you a valuable benchmark anyway.
I used to be a chronically cold person with low body temp (97) who really suffered in winter and liked the heat. Now, coming up on two years paleo, I am rather a warm person with a body temp of 98 and summer is HELL this year. It was bad last year too but not this bad.
For me a lot of it is linked to caloric intake, because I am a hard-gainer my body 'burns' extra calories off through heating up my skin, rather than putting weight on. This is great for the winter though (we had no working furnace in my apartment building most of last winter, and I was perfectly comfy leaving it at around 50 degrees and never using my space heater). The best solution I've found to how sick I've been feeling in this warm weather is to eat sparingly unless I am going to be in AC for the hours following a big meal...
I also had some hypothyroid symptoms previously and was having hormonal (cycle-related) issues pre-primal. It's all linked I'm sure.
I do know that how 'hot' or 'cold' we feel is regulated in the brain, hormonally... when my father had a serious brain injury, his normal balance was thrown off and he could be freezing cold, shivering, with his body temp plummeting when it was 90 degrees out. But as far as I know it how diet and other factors affect how our body regulates our internal temp and perceptions is still kind of mysterious. I'm inclined to think that it's a better sign if your body tends to be over-warm for the temp, than it is to feel chilled all the time. People who feel warm much of the time tend to have more muscle mass and better circulation. IIRC.
I was always hot as a kid, too. For some reason, now that I have kids, I get colder. Though when I'm nursing, or eat/drink some carbs (especially alcohol) I turn into a furnace.I figured that since it went away when I had children (or maybe when I first started birth control...) that it was a hormonal thing. I've noticed that as someone ages they seem to get colder too. Again, makes me think it's hormones. The hot flashes when I nurse have been driving me crazy the last few days, as the outside temp heats up. Oh, and for the record, I am also of scandinavian descent, and am 25.
You're probably a fast oxidizer. I learned about that when I read the book The Metabolic Typing Diet. Fast oxidizers tend to get hot, especially when they eat carbohydrates. The diet recommended for them is a high protein, high fat diet. I too am a fast oxidizer, and burn like a furnace after I eat carbs or alcohol.
I know, another one of those "diet" books. But I did appreciate that it seemed to confirm the benefit of a paleo diet in my mind.
Evidence supports Scandinavians burning more of their food to stay warm, the theory being that in a colder climate, people with a built in heater had a better chance of survival.
A note on body temp: average human body temp is 99+/- a huge number. The 98.6 thing is just nonsense, and in fact the average core temperature is 99.5. Plus thermometers are notoriously inaccurate. So don't let anyone tell you that you "run hot" if your temp read 99.1 - that's totally normal, and some people may run much higher.
On blood sugar: You may still be having spikes of high blood sugar that are missed in testing at home. My fasting blood sugar runs around 85, yet many doctors, nurses, etc. will gloss over a fasting sugar of say 100, "oh 100 is fine". It might be fine. I have done a glucose challenge with coca cola and watched to my horror as my sugar quickly climbed to 160 from 90 in about 25 minutes. It then dropped just as fast. If I hadn't taken like 15 samples, then I would have missed the spike.
I'm pretty much in the same boat - could get out of school any time I wanted, no blankets even in winter, wear short sleeves in the winter. However, I've always sweat a lot, and I don't think I'm of Scandinavian descent - at least not primarily.
Interested to hear responses here.
I hear you. I'm hot all the time. I sweat a lot too. From my head. It's kind of embarrassing. I'm about 30 pounds overweight. My bloodwork points more toward hypothyroidism though. I should be cold all the time but I never am. No one can figure me out.
There are many medical reasons. Blood sugar, hyperthyroid, hormonal imbalance, MS, nerve damage etc If you don't suffer from any of these medical conditions, it could be 1: Depression and stress ( if there is something that has been nagging for years, find out what it is and look for a solution- Yoga and meditation helps, Kindness and compassion helps, finding a soul mate helps, getting into some creative areas help) 2: Not drinking enough water. Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you drink one glass beer, drink three classes of water. 3: Eat flax seeds They help, they really do! 4: Avoid raw sugar. People take raw sugar thinking it is healthy. Actually it hardly makes any difference 5: Diet: Find out what food makes you more hot- Sugar/carbs/protein, Salt (sodium), caffeine, Alcohol? I know it is not easy to cut down on your favorite food/drinks. But reduce the intake. If you love taking one whole cup of coffee in the morning reduce it to half and sip slowly 6: Chew your food properly. 7: Exercise, play sports, go for a walk..cycling...
i am a 60 year old male, who is about to burn up. i cannot get cool. i am hot all the time. i have my ac on 72 with three fans going. i am not in the change of life, my doctor has tested me. my thyroid has been tested and it is good. i know i am at any time going to ignite. please help me, i am not overweight, maybe just a little. i do have pain in my joints including my back and take medication for pain. please help
I too all of the sudden a few years ago was all of the sudden hot all of the time. went to the doc thinking I was in menopause (I am 55) and was placed on hormones. They did nothing to manage the heat waves that would overcome my entire body day and night, 24-7. My doc did a general food alergy test and I found that I am alergic to eggs (yoke and whites), Whey and almonds all of which I did eat on a daily basis. I have now modified my diet excluding the above and PRESTO. . . .I do not suffer from overheating at all. It was like magic. I too have hypothyroidism which usually causes someone to feel cold. It really is wierd how these food items made me feel but I can live without them as the alternative was much worse!!!!